Customers Pay Forward Coffees To Strangers In Naples' Cafe
The 'suspended coffee' tradition in Italy started during World War II but most recently has boomed again. In economic hard times, people are encouraged to pay for their own coffee and then one for someone else. From Naples, this kindness tradition has spread all over the world, and has even grown to suspended pizza, sandwiches or other foods. Some cafes have been doing this 'pay it forward' tradition on their own even before the movement struck again. A pizza place in Naples, Da Concettina ai Tre Santi, created the suspended pizza logo and printed it on its paper tablecloths. Due to people's generosity, he manages to deliver around 15 free pizzas for the poor each week. In Naples' Caffè 7Bello serves about 1,000 suspended coffees a year. “I didn’t know about the suspended coffee,” said a customer who panhandles nearby. “I just came by once, and they gave it to me, so I come back. We like coffee, too.”
H/T New York Times
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